Windsor Jewelers Sold First Patek Philippe Ref. 5539G in the U.S.

September 30th, 2016

Winston-Salem, NC - Windsor Jewelers, one of the preeminent jewelry and watch retailers in North Carolina, is proud to announce the sale of a Patek Philippe Ref. 5539G Minute Repeater with Tourbillon in white gold with an authentic blue enamel dial. List price is $546,000. Patek Philippe produces a very limited amount of minute repeaters worldwide, and the sale of the Ref. 5539G marks the first time this reference has ever been sold in the US. 

Coveted by collectors, minute repeaters are amongst the rarest and most complicated timepieces in the world, and are considered masterpieces of precision and mechanical engineering, taking nearly two years to produce. A minute repeater is a complication in a mechanical watch that chimes the time on demand by activating a push or slide-piece which sounds the time using separate tones for hours, quarter-hours and minutes. Mr. Thierry Stern, President of Patek Philippe personally listens to each and every minute repeater after they are produced to ensure they meet the stringent standards of the Patek Philippe Seal. 

"We have been very fortunate to find such a trusted partner in Windsor Jewelers", said Larry Pettinelli, President of Patek Philippe US. "We have watched their business develop within the state of North Carolina, and it is very satisfying to see the passion and understanding of our brand grow amongst their clientele." 

Founded in 1839 by Antoine Norbert de Patek and Jean-Adrien Philippe, Patek Philippe quickly became the standard for fine watchmaking around the world. In 1932 the Stern family, who manufactured the dials for Patek Philippe, officially purchased the company. Thierry Stern leads the company today, representing a fourth generation of ownership and management. 

Windsor Jewelers was founded in 1986 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, by Rob Simon, where the company is headquartered and has represented Patek Philippe for over sixteen years. This fall marks the 30th Anniversary of the renowned Winston-Salem location. Windsor Jewelers opened its second location in February, 2013 in Charlotte, headed up by Rob's son Ben Simon. 

About Patek Philippe 

Patek Philippe based in Geneva, Switzerland, designs and manufactures what experts consider to be the finest timepieces in the world. Since 1839, Patek Philippe has continued the tradition of fine Geneva watchmaking and has been granted over 80 patents. Independence, tradition, innovation, quality and craftsmanship, rarity, value, aesthetics, service, emotion and heritage are the fundamental values of the Genevan watchmaker. For more information, visit